Category: Cancer and Me

My cancer journal

A storm in the Khumbu Valley

My Allograft 2018/19 – 24. 21st July 2019 By Andy Burrows, 21 July 2019 Irony and poetry There’s a certain poetry in where I am right now. Because where I am right now is in the Wessex Ward in Basingstoke Hospital in the same side room I was in almost 12 months ago when I…

By Andy Burrows 21st July 2019 0

In the mind

My Allograft 2018/19 – 23. 14th July 2019 By Andy Burrows, 14 July 2019 Feeling the length of the journey I’ve no idea, as I write these words, what I’m going to say. It just seemed right to update, being six weeks since I last put anything on the blog. So, here goes!… It’s Day…

By Andy Burrows 14th July 2019 0

Down

My Allograft 2018/19 – 22. 2nd June 2019 By Andy Burrows, 2 June 2019 Hello again! Ok, so I’ve changed my mind! I was thinking, when I wrote the last blog post, that it would be too boring to write any more on the blog about my allograft journey. But I’d forgotten two things: Firstly,…

By Andy Burrows 2nd June 2019 0

Coming up to 100 days

My Allograft 2018/19 – 21. 5th May 2019 By Andy Burrows, 5 May 2019 Losing the dangly bits It’s Day 87. That is, 87 days after my transplant, after Day Zero. I’ve been out of hospital two whole months. I have to admit, it feels like longer than that! I’m still making progress, ticking off…

By Andy Burrows 5th May 2019 1

It is what it is

My Allograft 2018/19 – 20. 14th April 2019 By Andy Burrows, 14 April 2019 Back to the Future Most of you will know of the actor Michael J Fox from the 1980s – mainly as Marty McFly in the iconic Back to the Future movies. He was also the original Teen Wolf and Alex in…

By Andy Burrows 14th April 2019 0

The long trek goes on

My Allograft 2018/19 – 19. 6th April 2019 By Andy Burrows, 6 April 2019 Some progress It’s 58 days since Day Zero, the day I received my donor’s stem cells. It’s five weeks since I came home from hospital. And the reason I’ve left it almost a month since I last wrote an update is…

By Andy Burrows 6th April 2019 4

The real cancer battle

My Allograft 2018/19 – 18. 10th March 2019 By Andy Burrows, 10 March 2019 Not much change Every morning I see my pale, colourless, hairless reflection in the mirror, and I feel slightly uncomfortable. The weight I’ve lost since the end of January is obvious – 12kg (26 lb / 2 stone) in six weeks…

By Andy Burrows 10th March 2019 3

The view from the summit

My Allograft 2018/19 – 17. 2nd March 2019 By Andy Burrows, 2 March 2019 Home So, the big news is that I’m home now, just this afternoon, Saturday. Sorry if that’s a sudden announcement, but I don’t like to raise expectations too much in advance, otherwise it creates too many questions, like, “Are you home…

By Andy Burrows 2nd March 2019 2

Up and down

My Allograft 2018/19 – 16. 28th February 2019 By Andy Burrows, 28 February 2019 The tedious last few steps There hasn’t been very much to report in the week (almost) since I last posted an update. And it is starting to drag to be honest. The summit of my Everest climb is in sight, and…

By Andy Burrows 28th February 2019 0

Coming out of the clouds

My Allograft 2018/19 – 15. 22nd February 2019 By Andy Burrows, 22 February 2019 Progress measures Things are continuing in the right direction, I’m pleased to report. Yesterday, I tried to eat something, but after two spoonfuls of Rice Krispies I couldn’t take any more. It was bland, and my stomach was complaining. I tried…

By Andy Burrows 22nd February 2019 1